Youth Tour

Wake Electric is sponsoring a one-week, all expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the 2022 Youth Tour. Winners also receive a $1,000 scholarship. Winners must go on the Washington Trip to be eligible for the $1,000 scholarship. The scholarship funds must be used at a North Carolina college or university, community college, vocational or technical school.

The trip will be take place in June 2022 with the actual dates still being finalized. Students who attend the Youth Tour will join 1,500 high school students from across the country to learn about electric cooperatives, American history and the U.S. government. Students will also visit the historic sites and federal landmarks of the nation’s capital, as well as spend time with their congressional delegations. The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded the following year upon proof of enrollment in a North Carolina college or university.

Applications will be available Oct. 1 and the deadline will be Dec. 15 by 5 p.m. The application must be in our office by the deadline.  Any application received after the deadline will not be considered, even if it is postmarked prior to that date.  Applicants will be notified of their status in mid-January 2022.

For exciting details on the Youth Tour and what you can expect, visit www.youthtour.coop.

Applicants must currently be high school juniors in Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Nash, Vance or Wake counties.  Applicants DO NOT have to live in households served by Wake Electric in order to win.  Students must go on the trip to Washington, D.C. to receive the $1,000 college scholarship.

This opportunity is an excellent way for students to boost their college applications, as well as win a $1,000 scholarship from Wake Electric towards their college education. Youth Tourist winners from across North Carolina will also be eligible to apply for and win one of three annual scholarships: The Gwyn B. Prince Youth Scholarship ($2,500); The Katie Bunch Memorial Scholarship ($2,000) and the Youth Leadership Council Scholarship ($2,000).

If you have questions, please contact Wake Electric at communications@wemc.com or (919) 863-6440.


2020 Youth Tour winners

High-school students Faterna Akbari of Raleigh and Sarah Elliott of Creedmoor were selected by Wake Electric to attend the 2020 Rural Electric Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. in June.

Unfortunately, due to the impact of COVID-19, the Youth Tour was cancelled for 2020 and held virtually in 2021. We hope that conditions will allow for an in-person trip in 2022. Both students will also receive a $1,000 scholarship upon enrollment in a college or university within North Carolina.

The youth tour is funded through voluntary member and employee donations to the WE Care Program.


Questions and applications can be directed to: Wake Electric 2021 Youth Tour Communications 228 Park Ave., Youngsville, NC 27596.  E-mail: communications@wemc.com Fax: 919.863.6430 Phone:  919.863.6440 The youth tour is funded through voluntary member and employee donations to WE Care and the Wake Electric Foundation.
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